Hendaye Plage Guía

About Hendaye Plage

In heavy winter swells, when the rest of the coast is maxing out, this long, sheltered flat stretch of beach can often yield results. The mellow waves mean it can also be a super fun spot for beginners, a fact not lost on the numerous surf schools here. The most consistent banks can be found at the western edge by the jetty 'Sokoburu' - for mellow loggable rides and 'Le Casino' - in front of the tourist office in the middle of the bay. Les Deux Jumeaux - named for the twin rocks rising at the eastern edge, has a patch of reef that can help to groom fun rights when enough swell filters in.

Source: Hendaye Plage Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

It's a beginners paradise, and a port in a storm for all comers.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Pretty mellow like the waves here.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Super popular with surf school and in big storms can sometimes be the only spot working, so gets swamped.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

A sheltered spot that can be a haven when the rest of the coast is closing out in big storms, and mellow beachie fun for beginners when small.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Never big, never heavy.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Good, but can get iffy after heavy rain.

Additional Information


Crowds, bailed beginner boards.


There's pay parking along the seafront - can get very busy in the summer and when its on.

Bring Your

Funboard, longboard, sup


Sandbanks with some rocks at eastern edge.

Best Season

It only really gets going in big swells that hit October - March.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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